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April 03 2015

Farewell to The Grid From Constant Cap in Nairobi, Kenya

April 3rd, 2015Posted by 

It’s been slightly over a year since I started writing for The Grid, and the journey has come to an end. Starting in November 2013, while a postgraduate student, I began the journey of writing 27 blogs on diverse urbanism topics. The experience has helped me understand the challenges facing the City of Nairobi, from analytic […]

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April 01 2015

The Loss of Internet Equality in the City of Riverside, California

April 1st, 2015Posted by 

Access to the Internet has become a necessity these days. Both the United Nations and the creator of the internet have argued that access to it is a human right, and it’s hard to ignore the increasing difficulty of participating in modern society without it. Arguments for and against things like net neutrality, and efforts […]

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April 01 2015

Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay to Benefit from Stormwater Management Fees

April 1st, 2015Posted by 

Maryland’s recent election has disrupted the state’s longstanding political paradigm by electing a new governor, Larry Hogan. Hogan promised to repeal a 2012 law that aimed to increase funding for the state’s stormwater management. Hogan’s own bill was unsuccessful in repealing the law, but other opponents introduced a similar bill to replace the existing law. Regardless, federal oversight and […]

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March 31 2015

Unconventional “Wikibuilding” Planned to Help Reinvent Paris, France

March 31st, 2015Posted by 

Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, has designated lot M5A2 in the ZAC Masséna (a concentrated development zone) a part of the project “Reinventing Paris.” The lot is a bare swath of terrain stuck just inside Paris’ periphery, only a few minutes’ walk from the National Library and the 1,000 startups that will, in the future, […]

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March 30 2015

Plainfield, Connecticut’s Inter Royal Mill is the Perfect Town Playground Extension?

March 30th, 2015Posted by 

Every town has them: warehouses, mills, and factories of some bygone industrial heyday. Years of abandonment has deteriorated their structures. Often, they are “contaminated.” Some have been met by fire. Overgrown and fenced-off, “keep out” signs keep us protected from them. The cost of remediating these properties far exceeds the reach of most local and […]

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March 30 2015

Work in Progress: Presenting Milan, Italy’s Expo 2015 Master Plan

March 30th, 2015Posted by 

The Expo 2015 building site is approximately an area of 1 million square meters. The project was entrusted to a group of designers supported by internationally renowned architects, including Stefano Boeri, Ricky Burdett and Jacques Herzog. The design of the new development follows the footprint of the ancient Roman city. It revolves around two orthogonal axes: the Decumano and […]

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March 27 2015

Nutrition in the Urban Landscape Reimagined for Limoilou, Quebec

March 27th, 2015Posted by 

What would happen if nutrition became a central priority for municipalities, and if we did a global re-thinking of nutritional systems? Continually looking to help Quebec City create better-functioning communities, the organization Vivre en Ville questioned the link between nutrition and the urban landscape in its most recent publication, Nourishing Cities. The man behind the […]

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March 26 2015

7 Mile “Freezeway” Skating Path Will Pilot in Edmonton, Canada

March 26th, 2015Posted by 

In Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, we are juggling with the idea of creating a linear ice skating rink that would go across the entire city. Named the “Freezeway,” this path would allow people to get to work and even go see a hockey game on ice skates. The proposal, which seems a little nuts, has been […]

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March 24 2015

Sustainable Wineries Expand Use of Waterway Transportation in Rhône Valley, France

March 24th, 2015Posted by 

A regular fluvial transportation line for palletized wines has just opened between the Rhône Valley and Paris, France. A development agency wants to incite carriers to transport a part of their freight on this water route. Last January 11th, we clinked our glasses at the arrival of the barge “Alizarine” at the Villette Basin in […]

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March 20 2015

Lessons in Placemaking from the Dabbawallas of Mumbai, India

March 20th, 2015Posted by 

Social innovation, when done properly, not only provides sustainable jobs. It can also shape the culture of a city. A sustainable business does not have to be high-tech, and no one knows this better than the dabbawallas of Mumbai, India. These nondescript lunchbox delivery workers amble along on simple bicycles, motorbikes, and city-trains, and it […]

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March 16 2015

Short-term Apartment Rentals Soar in Preparation of Milan, Italy’s Expo 2015

March 16th, 2015Posted by 

The countdown to Expo 2015 has started, and the international community has its eyes on Milan. It seems like the entire city is preparing to take advantage of this great economic opportunity and keep up with the unfolding events. Expo puts Milan under a lot of pressure. The city must have systems in place to withstand the international […]

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March 13 2015

Is Your City as Prepared for Water Shortages as Trois-Rivières, Quebec?

March 13th, 2015Posted by 

The water shortage that hit the City of Longeuil, Canada in January 2015 has had repercussions reaching all the way to Trois-Rivières. Those involved in the city’s municipal administration asked themselves if their city was equipped to face a similar situation. For this reason, Le Nouvelliste went to different service centers in the city to […]

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March 13 2015

New Ordinances Aimed at Revitalizing Los Angeles River Communities

March 13th, 2015Posted by 

In recent years, momentum has been building to recognize the Los Angeles River as an integral part of the city’s cultural identity. After many years of neglect, the river has the potential to help define future communities and public spaces. The 32 miles of river that flow through Los Angeles are channelized, with the exception of […]

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March 12 2015

Québec, Canada Faces Four Energy Challenges in Developing its 2025 Energy Policy

March 12th, 2015Posted by 

The government of Québec is preparing its energy policy. Its first consultations show that it has not integrated the changes that have come about in the area since 2006. This voluntary myopia costs us billions of dollars per year, and the bill could increase with time. This is why it’s urgent to break with our […]

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March 11 2015

Managing Water During Dry Times in Inland Empire, California

March 11th, 2015Posted by 

The drought in California persists – for the fourth consecutive year. Snow Water Equivalents are used by The State Water Resources Department to measure how much water is contained within the mountain snowpack. As of March 3, there was only 22% of normal snowpack in the Southern California, and 19% of normal statewide. And this […]

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March 11 2015

Visionless Phnom Penh, Cambodia: How Will Rapid Development Shape its Future?

March 11th, 2015Posted by 

Phnom Penh, Cambodia has had a tumultuous history that spans architectural ingenuity to human tragedy. It is currently undergoing a rapid phase of urbanization and modernization. As this sleepy city steadily grows, many new structures are changing the face of Cambodia’s capital. There are mounting concerns about how such change could affect the city’s culture, […]

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March 10 2015

Rwanda, Africa Revises Policies on Climate Change & Food Security Linkages

March 10th, 2015Posted by 

The Rwandan Civil Society Organization recommends changing its policy so that it reflects the links between climate change, commerce, and food security. This is to be done with the goal of advancing within the East-African Community (EAC) and smoothly integrating with the rest of the region. According to Aimable Mwananawe, President of the EAC Civil […]

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March 09 2015

Rising Sea Levels: Designing A Future To Save San Francisco

March 9th, 2015Posted by 

Surrounded by water, San Francisco sits as a sacrificial offering, waiting to be swallowed by the Pacific Ocean. The year is 2072 and San Francisco is an island. Downtown has been erased and gentrification in the Mission has finally laid to rest at the bottom of “Mission Gulf.” What was once a high powered tech city […]

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March 06 2015

War Declared Between Pedestrians and Cyclists in Toulouse, France

March 6th, 2015Posted by 

Sharing public space is a new notion in Toulouse, France, where pedestrian areas and cycling zones are being developed. Coexistence between these two groups is not always peaceful, and citizens believe the situation could potentially deteriorate further. Everyone in the world is, will be, or has once been, an automobilist, cyclist, or pedestrian – sometimes […]

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March 05 2015

Burlington, Vermont: A City Powered by Renewable Energy

March 5th, 2015Posted by 

Burlington, Vermont, located in the American Northeast, became the first city in the country to be completely powered by renewables at the start of 2015. This is a small revolution in a country where carbon levels remain particularly high. This is the culmination of a project that was initiated by the City in the 1990s. Notably, the […]

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